Luke 22:19-20 (CEB)
19After taking the bread and giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20In the same way, he took the cup after the meal and said, “This cup is the new covenant by my blood, which is poured out for you.”
Why bread and wine? Why did Jesus compare his death on the cross—the once-and-for-all sacrifice for our sins—to bread and wine?
It probably had something to do with how common those things were. Bread was a staple of every meal, just as it is today. And wine, in those days, was more common than water. It wasn’t all alcoholic; some was little more than grape juice. But without water purification systems like we have today, the wine was much safer to drink.
Somebody once said that if the Last Supper happened today, Jesus might use pizza and soda! The idea is that these things are so common to our everyday lives that we are often reminded of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice.
We still take communion in church, but how is it that we can remember to honor Jesus several times throughout each day?
One great way to honor Jesus is to set aside some quality time for him every day. Get into a quiet place, away from the distractions of iTunes and text messages. Spend the time really reflecting on these devos. Read some additional Scripture. Pray. Even if it’s only 10 minutes a day, that’s a good start.
If today’s devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.